Leucadia, Encinitas, California

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Community of Leucadia
Coordinates: 33°04′05″N 117°18′12″W / 33.06806°N 117.30333°W / 33.06806; -117.30333Coordinates: 33°04′05″N 117°18′12″W / 33.06806°N 117.30333°W / 33.06806; -117.30333
Country United States
State California
County San Diego
City Encinitas
Founded circa 1870
Elevation 62 ft (19 m)
Time zone UTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code 92024
Area codes 442/760

Leucadia is a beach community located in the coastal city of Encinitas, California. The relatively secluded beaches of Leucadia lend it a prominence in Southern California surf culture. From the early 1900's left its influence, Encinitas is recognized globally as a yoga and organic town.[1][2]


The name Leucadia is of Greek origin as its namesake, Lefkada (Leucadia), is one of the Ionian Islands.[3] The founding of the community is often attributed to English spiritualists seeking freedom of worship.[4][5] Early in the community's history a development company based in San Diego gave Leucadia and its streets their Roman-Greco names of which include: Hymettus, Neptune, Phoebe, Daphne.[6] While the developers had plans for a grand resort, the Hotel Sappho, such plans never came to fruition.


Beacon's Beach

Leucadia faces the Pacific Ocean. The community is set on a series of bluffs that stretch along much of the length of the North County coastline, a region of San Diego County. Its beaches are located below steep vertical cliffs lending them a relative seclusion.[7]


In 2003 the Leucadia 101 Main Street Association was created to enhance the economic and civic vitality of Leucadia's Historic North Coast Highway 101 corridor.[8]Notable businesses include Haggo's Organic Taco, featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives television show,[9] in addition to Shatto & Sons—which has been in Leucadia since 1975, a custom t-shirt shop known for their "Keep Leucadia Funky" t-shirts. [10]


  1. ^ Endo, Tetsuhiko. "World's 20 Best Surf Towns". National Geographic. National Geographic Society. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Best Surf Towns: No. 3 Encinitas". Surfer. GrindMedia, LLC. 5 April 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2014.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  3. ^ "Definition of Leucadia (noun, LNS, Leucadia) - Numen - The Latin Lexicon - An Online Latin Dictionary". latinlexicon.org. Retrieved 2016-06-01. 
  4. ^ Kenneth M. Holtzclaw; Diane Welch (23 August 2006). ["https://books.google.com/books?id=KkLuYBIOzNcC&pg=PA7" Encinitas, (Ca)] Check |url= value (help). Arcadia Publishing. p. 7. ISBN 978-0-7385-4665-0. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Quick Escapes Los Angeles, 7th: 20 Weekend Getaways from the Metro Area. Globe Pequot. 2006. p. 27. ISBN 9780762742196. 
  6. ^ Leland Fetzer (2005). San Diego County Place Names A to Z. Sunbelt Publications. pp. 80–81. ISBN 0932653731. 
  7. ^ "Guide to Leucadia Beaches". www.sandiego.org. San Diego Tourism Authority. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Main Street Approach". Leucadia 101. 
  9. ^ "Haggo's Organic Taco". Food Network. 
  10. ^ "About Shatto & Sons". Shatto & Sons.